Ford has again been named a best place to work for disability inclusion by Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, and the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation’s largest disability rights organization. For the sixth year in a row, Ford has earned a top score for its efforts to achieve disability inclusion and equality in the workplace.
Ford’s score of 100 is based on the Disability Equality Index®, a comprehensive benchmarking tool that measures benefits, retention, advancement, community engagement, supplier diversity and other attributes. Ford’s score indicates adherence to many of the leading disability inclusion practices while highlighting key areas for improvement.
“We are honored by this recognition, and we are committed to making progress in this area so all of our employees can truly feel and know that they belong and can thrive at Ford,” said Lori Costew, the company’s chief diversity officer. “Whether it’s more changes to our facilities, updates to our products, or improvements to our benefits and processes, we are constantly reimagining ways to make a difference in the lives of our people and our customers as part of our promise to care for each other.”
This wouldn’t be possible without the help of Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities. Emily Obert, Ford Next accessibility lead and member of the employee resource group, said the company’s progress is a joint effort between passionate, concerned employees and leadership. “Having people around who want to listen to the lived experiences of those with disabilities and then allow those stories to inform better and more intuitive products and experiences makes all the difference,” she said. “I hope we continue to have even more of that, because progress really does take all of us.”
Beyond the efforts of the Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities employee resource group and members of leadership, supplier diversity also represents a core component of the company’s top score. Ford’s supplier diversity and inclusion program elevates disability-owned and veteran disability-owned businesses. Travis Spencer, head of supplier diversity and inclusion, said the work being done in the program has a positive impact on so many overlooked communities. “These communities represent the realities of so many different people at Ford, reinforcing the notion of care and belonging, inside and outside of the workplace,” he said.
With July 26 marking the 26th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ford is honoring those with diverse abilities throughout the United States and around the world. As one of America’s top companies for disability and inclusion, Ford will continue to push forward on its commitments to all communities with differing dimensions of diversity.
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